March 24, 2017 by Evelyn Summers
This series has five full-length novels about hot hockey stars and the women who steal their hearts.
College senior Kate Camden has learned to adapt – to her last year of school, to the promise of motherhood, to the fact that she’s doing it all alone. But just when she’s learned to adjust, heartache threatens to break her apart.
Pro hockey player Jason “Ryke” Ryker has it all: adoring fans, a promising career, and a beautiful wife. But when his seemingly perfect life is shaken by tragedy, he’s left questioning whether having it all is ever more than an illusion.
When circumstance brings Kate and Ryke together, they discover they don’t have to hurt alone. Bound by a grief that haunts them both, they must rely on one another to survive heartbreak. But that grief is more powerful than they realize, and the tie that binds them together may ultimately tear them apart.
Two years ago, Jason and Kate Ryker were brought together by grief and bound to one another by love. Now married, they’re confronting their fears together.
But heartbreak finds them again, and the ties that bind Kate and Ryke are tested as she struggles against fear and sadness. As a grief counselor, Kate understands all too well the pain of her clients. And while her husband’s career as an NHL forward is at an all-time high, he’s coping with the frustration of feeling powerless as his wife’s hopes slip away.
One bad hit has left the career of young NHL Center Luke Hudson in question. When he arrives for rehab with a minor league team, his injury has robbed him of the edge that made him great.
Team trainer Adella Price’s job is to help Luke get back in peak condition. But their one on one sessions shake her resolve to remain unattached. Dell is hands-off to all hockey players, even one as charming and successful as Luke.
As Luke starts to get ahold of his game again, he loses his grip on his heart. Helping Luke get his edge back brings to light what Dell is missing from her life. But those who want them apart are relentless, and with their careers on the line, Luke and Dell must decide if their love is worth risking it all.
Years of training are about to pay off for hockey player Nikola Vereshkova. A call to play in the big league means he can finally come through for those who need him. His relocation to Chicago comes with built-in friends – and one gorgeous enemy who was less than impressed with him after their first encounter.
Sadie Alexander knows all about the drastic measures men will take just to get laid. She’s not only experienced it first-hand, but lived to tell about it in her online column, Sadie Says. And even though she’s a die-hard independent woman on the outside, the recent marriage of her best friend has her secretly feeling more alone than ever.
Getting close to a foul-mouthed Russian hockey heartthrob was the last thing Sadie expected. And the timing couldn’t be worse since she’s sworn off of men for a writing assignment. The line between love and hate is eroding, and Niko and Sadie find themselves in deeper than they ever expected. Could something that started out wrong end up being just right?
NHL player Orion Caldwell protects his own. He’s an enforcer to his core, but he was the one left defenseless when his longtime girlfriend broke his heart. Now he’s all about his game, but spending the offseason in his hometown forces him to confront painful issues –both old and new.
Samara Cross just wants to be invisible.
Review by Cheryl
This is a really good series if you like a sports romance centred around hockey players and the woman who bring them to their knees then I highly recommend you read this.
This collection features a different couple in each book apart from the first two they’re based around the same couple, I suppose you could read them as standalones but once you read one you’ll want to read the rest.
Bound & Captive are based around Ryke & Kate who meet at a support group they’ve both experienced tragedy and are trying to find a way forward.
Drive is Luke & Dell’s story, Luke finds himself being sent to a minor league team as part of his rehab after suffering a bad knee injury Dell is the team trainer & therefore off limits but the more time they spend together they get to know each other and when the time comes for Luke to return to his team they decide they’re going to pursue whatever it is that’s been blossoming between them, of course it’s not all plain sailing when obstacles are thrown their way. I did enjoy this one but out of them all it’s my least favourite, I suppose there has to be one.
Drive is Nico & Sadie’s story he was Luke’s teammate in the minor league before being moved up to the major league to play alongside him & the others & she is Dell’s best friend, you could say their first meeting doesn’t go as planned but it sure made fun reading. This was my favourite the bad boy manwhore brought to his knees all in the name of love.
Release is Orion & Samara’s story he’s back in his hometown spending some downtime before camp when he meets Samara they had originally went to school together but now they’re spending time getting to know each other on a whole new level. Orion is a total bad ass on the ice but off it he’s a total sweetheart unless you’re messing with his family or those he loves. This was my second favourite in the series I loved Orion he was a complete sweetheart but he certainly had a touch of alpha-male about him and he totally rocked it.
Like I’ve already said this is a brilliant series those who love a good sports romance will not be disappointed it’s not all mushy lovey-dovey stuff there’s plenty of hockey lingo too, I certainly learned a thing or two. I believe there’s going to be a spin off series which I’m looking forward to reading.
A solid 4 stars out of 5.